Rob Kuijt's Testing Blog
I'm Living in 2 Worlds 
Saturday, March 29, 2008, 04:03 PM - Testing
Posted by Rob Kuijt
I'm living in 2 Worlds.

In one world I'm working with Developers, trying to let them build software at a quality level the application user wants.
In the other world, at the other side of a "Wall", I am coaching Generalist Testers to do their job as good and efficient as possible.
Yes, my two worlds are separated by a fictitious Wall.
The Challenge: Developers and Generalist Testers, each at one side of the wall, don't make efforts to understand or help each other.

....don't make efforts to understand or help each other

D-world perceptions
In the D-world, the world of the Developers, we think Generalist Testers are pencil-pushing, nit-picky quality geeks. Mostly they are beside the point and are easily replaced. They seems to like making much noise about little defects, as if we made those errors deliberately....

T-world perceptions
In the T-world we don't hate the Developers for their perceptions. We are disappointed about the poor quality of the software.
Bad assumptions on the part of Developers are more to blame for the problems than are software weaknesses.
We never(or seldom) get software what will work right the first time. No, in the T-world we think that developers forget for whom they are building software, it looks like they are building for themselves......On the other hand we, Generalist Testers, realize that the Developers seldom get the time to do it right, but always get the time to do it over....But why are some errors made over and over and over again?

The Walls between Developers and Testers do exist for many years now. And probably there are good reasons to go on like this..... but in my opinion there are more reasons for tearing down those Walls.
With the growing complexity of our IT-world....The most important one:

I like living in 2 Worlds, but I love it when Developers and Testers collaborate.
I've taken the Challenge!!!

Next entry: Pragmatic View on Proper Quality
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Rabbit in the Wall 
Friday, March 28, 2008, 03:37 PM - Fun
Posted by Rob Kuijt
Hello World! This is my first Entry ever!
I am Rob Kuijt , I like developing software and I enjoy testing it as well.

In this blog I will share my experiences and ideas with everyone who is interested.

A little background: I started in the early 80's as a Fortran-Developer in one of the Academic Hospitals in the Netherlands. After a career as Designer and Project leader, I started as a Functional Auditor at Software Control Nederland BV (later part of Sogeti). In the early 90's I participated in the development of TMap® (Test Management Approach of Sogeti).

Within Sogeti I am specialized in the area of Development tests (I've written a chapter about it in TMap® Next) and Managed Testing Services.
Later maybe more...

Tomorrow I will introduce you to a big enemy of quality: the Wall between Developers and Generalist Testers.
But first...Do you like my Wall-heading? Look for the hidden Rabbit...

Hint: Magic Eye
(I found it at
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